Finally! After months (and for some, years) of training, the Na Wahine O Ke Kai 41-mile canoe race was held today.
This is the state sport of Hawai’i and this race is considered the world championship long distance event. It is long, it is across 41 miles of some of the deepest ocean on earth, and it is exhilarating once you’ve gotten the bug.
Our paddlers whom we’ve been following the past several weeks did great and loved it! Congratulations also to Team Bradley (with paddlers from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, and Australia) for First Place and Hui Lanakila for a very close Second Place. And big aloha to all of the teams who traveled from not just Hawaii, but also Tahiti (4th place), Australia, California, and Canada.
Mindy Clark’s Outrigger Canoe Video Blog. She has lots of great footage from the entire weekend, starting with the short flight over to Molokai.
Robin’s Club in Australia is the Southport Yacht Club.
The military wives we’ve been following this summer raced in a canoe from Keahiakahoe Canoe Club.
Outrigger Canoe Club won the koa division, is a perennial local favorite, and had four crews in the race.
Lanikai Canoe Club had three crews, including Kris Krengle (remember the guest director from show #64 “Lost?”) and many more of my paddling girlfriends.
The Puakea Foundation raced a Masters crew (over 50) in the traditional koa canoe.
This event turned into a two-part show so please come back tomorrow for the emotional moments after the race.
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